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RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger Review: Power for iPhone or Samsung Galaxy

Apple has finally gotten on board with inductive charging, building this feature into all its 2017 phones, including the iPhone X. Samsung has been using this technology in its high-end handsets for years, of course, including its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note8 . Both these device makers picked the Qi (pronounced “Chi”) standard, so the RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger will work with either company’s products.

We tested this accessory with an iPhone X and can report on its charging speed and overall performance. Is this $49.99 charging pad right for you? Read on to find out.

RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger: Build and Design

29a29_RP_FWC_Pad_Ed-300x300 RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger Review: Power for iPhone or Samsung GalaxyThe design of this inductive charger is simple: it’s a round pad for the smartphone to sit on. All that’s necessary to get a compatible device to charge is place it on this pad.

The diameter is 3.5 inches, and it’s 0.6 inches thick. That makes it smaller than many of its competitors, so it takes up less room on one’s desk.

Black is the only color option, and the entire exterior is plastic, but the general appearance is still acceptable, especially as the RAVPower logo on the top is subtle. The Fast Wireless Charger will look fine on just about anyone’s desk, even a CEO’s.

There’s a ring of silicone on the top to help keep the phone from slipping. This does a decent job, though the slickness of so many handsets makes this challenging. The silicone material does attract dirt, though. Rubber feet on the bottom help prevent the charging pad itself from sliding around.

Build quality is good. The product feels solid, and we could neither bend nor twist it.

An LED on on side of the Fast Wireless Charger gives charging status. It pulses orange during standard charging, or pulses green during fast charging. This LED briefly glows red when the charger itself is plugged in, and the manual says it will pulse red when “a foreign object [is] detected”, though we couldn’t make this happen.

29a29_RP_FWC_Pad_Ed-300x300 RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger Review: Power for iPhone or Samsung GalaxyUSB Cable and Wall Plug

Despite it’s name, the RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger itself needs a wire to get power.  There’s a microUSB port opposite the charging LED, and this accessory comes bundled with a 4-foot fabric-wrapped USB cable that’s quite the nicest we’ve ever seen.

The USB charging plug is a bit bulky, but it’s capable of sending up to 10 W to a compatible phone so maybe the extra is justified.

RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger: Performance

Our tests with an iPhone X showed that it’s not necessary to carefully place one’s phone on the charger pad in order for it to start charging. The handset does need to be somewhat centered, but as long as the phone is approximately in the middle of the pad, and the pad is close to the center of the phone, current will start flowing. After just a bit of practice, placing the handset down so that a wireless connection is made every time becomes second nature.

Inductive charging doesn’t require taking off the phone’s case. We did all our tests with our handset in a Mujjo Leather Wallet Case with credit cards inserted and it had no effect on the charging process. That said, don’t try it with a case that includes metal.

29a29_RP_FWC_Pad_Ed-300x300 RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger Review: Power for iPhone or Samsung GalaxyWe did multiple test runs, charging the iPhone X with the RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger to determine how quickly the handset gets powered up. Averaging the various results, 30 minutes of charging garnered about 20% of charge. Two hours of charging resulted in 70% charge of Apple’s phone. That’s a faster charging rate than many of its rivals.

The status LED is supposed to turn green when the handset’s battery gets to 100%, but this didn’t happen with our test iPhone.  RAVPower says this is because “iPhones do not send any signal to the wireless charger”. Don’t be concerned that this means the battery will get overcharged though, as iPhone batteries do not allow this to happen.

iOS 11.2 and Fast Charging

In standard charging, the phone is getting between 3W and 5W. As its name implies, RAVPower’s accessory supports Fast Charging in which the handset receives between 7.5W and 10W of power.

We thought we were going to be able to test this feature with the iPhone X, as the recent release of iOS 11.2 was supposed to bring support for 7.5W charging to all Apple’s 2017 phones. However, this didn’t happen. Despite installing the latest IOS version on our test device, Fast Charging was not enabled.

We don’t know which device is causing the problem, but we tend to think it’s the iPhone X. iOS 11 has been loaded with bugs from the day it was released, and iOS 11.2 was rushed out to fix a serious problem in an earlier version, so it’s most probable that the iPhone is the source of difficulties. It’s likely a future iOS update will fix this.

Just so there’s not any confusion, we experienced no issues doing standard wireless charging with the iPhone X; it’s only Fast Charging that isn’t working.

29a29_RP_FWC_Pad_Ed-300x300 RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger Review: Power for iPhone or Samsung GalaxyRAVPower Fast Wireless Charger: Final Thoughts

Now that Apple is on the bandwagon, iPhone users can finally take advantage of a feature that Samsung users have been enjoying since at least the Galaxy S6 and the Note 5. Not having to fumble around with wires to keep one’s phone charged isn’t a life-changing experience, but it’s especially nice for people who often forget to plug in and regularly find themselves with a dead battery.

And the RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger is well designed for this task: it’s not persnickety about only working with the phone in exactly the right spot, it charges fairly quickly, and it looks professional. At $49.99 it isn’t the cheapest charging pad around, but it just might be the best. 

Pros:

  • Small and professional looking
  • Charges devices quickly

Cons:

  • No Fast Charging with iPhone

Woman electrocuted by frayed iPhone charger warns others

Updated: Dec 10, 2017 – 10:51 PM

DANVERS, Mass. – A North Shore teacher who was recently electrocuted by her frayed iPhone charger is warning others about how these cables can put you in real danger.

The Danvers woman is sharing her shocking lesson in hopes other will chose to replace their chargers if they break or become damaged and expose the wiring.

She says the frayed cable zapped her after she sat down in her car. 

After the surge of electricity she felt through her body and the burn mark left on her driver’s seat, she believes it’s critical that everyone hears the potential danger of using a damaged iPhone cord. 

“As soon as I sat down I felt an electrical shock go right through my body and so I bolted out of my seat and got out of my car,” Karen Gargan said. 

As she looked down at the seat she had jumped out of, she saw a distinctive burn mark, and the obvious culprit was the Apple cable she had just sat down on, visibly singed – and a portion of it even melted.

“I was in panic mode I called one of my friends I was like oh my gosh I can’t believe what just happened to me,” Gargan said.

Gargan believes the cable, which had been plugged into the USB outlet, overheated when she used the remote start to her car.

“Once the car got started was when the burning smell was there,” Gargan said. 

Gargan, who is a teacher in Swampscott, is convinced the damaged cable she wrapped in electrical tape could’ve started a fire, posing a danger she had never thought of. 

“I think a lot of people have frayed i-phone chargers and don’t realize what could happen,” Gargan said. “Throw it away, it’s not worth it.”

An Apple spokesperson sent Boston 25 News a list of tips regarding frayed chargers, which you can read below: 

Charging: Charge iPhone with the included USB cable and power adapter, or with other third-party “Made for iPhone” cables and power adapters that are compatible with USB 2.0 or later, or power adapters compliant with applicable country regulations and with one or more of the following standards: EN 301489-34, IEC 62684, YD/T 1591-2009, CNS 15285, ITU L.1000, or another applicable mobile phone power adapter interoperability standard. 
Using damaged cables or chargers, or charging when moisture is present, can cause fire, electric shock, injury, or damage to iPhone or other property. When you use the Apple USB Power Adapter to charge iPhone, make sure the USB cable is fully inserted into the power adapter before you plug the adapter into a power outlet.

Additionally, Apple provides tips for safely using Apple power adapters and cables at https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204178 

Identifying damaged AC power adapters or cables 
If your power adapter, AC wall adapter, or AC power cable has been damaged, stop using it. If you’re unsure about whether an accessory is damaged, take it to an Apple Retail Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider for evaluation, or contact Apple Support.
Signs of damage include but aren’t limited to:
•    Any breakage or visible wear on a cable’s outer layer
•    Bent, missing, loose, or broken AC prongs or blades
•    AC blades that won’t lock into place, or that have black marks or other visible damage
•    Sparks issuing from somewhere other than the blades of a plug
•    Breakage, visible damage, or discoloration of the adapter casing
•    Popping sounds from within the AC wall adapter or anywhere on the AC power cable
•    AC adapters that don’t power your device

The iPhone User Guide can be found at http://help.apple.com/iphone/10/. 

Go ahead and charge your iPhone X on a wireless Pikachu charger …

We’ve waited years for the iPhone to support wireless charging. We wanted that convenience, we said. We wanted to be just like our Android brethren, we said. And now, I’m happy to share that we can all unite over a wireless Pikachu charger. A company called Teknofun just announced the Pikachu, which it says should be compatible with Samsung devices and the iPhone 8 and X.

It’ll be available through GameStop for $49.99 on December 16th, and is advertised as an online only product. It features three USB ports and Pikachu’s cheeks should light up when charging.


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I love it. Now I need to buy a iPhone X or 8 so I can use it.

Update 12/8/17, 10:30 AM ET: Updated to include the charger’s availability date.

Go ahead and charge your iPhone X on a wireless Pikachu charger …

We’ve waited years for the iPhone to support wireless charging. We wanted that convenience, we said. We wanted to be just like our Android brethren, we said. And now, I’m happy to share that we can all unite over a wireless Pikachu charger. A company called Teknofun just announced the Pikachu, which it says should be compatible with Samsung devices and the iPhone 8 and X.

It’ll be available through GameStop for $49.99 on December 16th, and is advertised as an online only product. It features three USB ports and Pikachu’s cheeks should light up when charging.


d93c2_PK_811364_SITUATION_CHARGER_INCUTION Go ahead and charge your iPhone X on a wireless Pikachu charger ...

I love it. Now I need to buy a iPhone X or 8 so I can use it.

Update 12/8/17, 10:30 AM ET: Updated to include the charger’s availability date.

Deal: Galaxy S8 Plus with wireless charger and $100 gift card — $724.99

de9b9_android-authority-samsung-galaxy-s8-plus-sale-3456-840x423 Deal: Galaxy S8 Plus with wireless charger and $100 gift card — $724.99The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is one of the best phones we’ve reviewed this year. Though it’s had to take a back seat recently thanks to the release of flagships like the Google Pixel 2s, OnePlus 5T and even Samsung’s own Galaxy Note 8, it remains a high-quality handset.

If you’re still interested in the S8 Plus, now might be the time to get one thanks to a splendid offer over at Amazon.com (via Android Central). The retail giant has rolled out a Galaxy S8 Plus bundle that includes a factory unlocked device, fast Qi wireless charger, and a $100 Amazon gift card for $724.99.

Samsung launches new 512 GB eUFS memory chips for mobile devices

This amounts to a saving of $209.99 compared to if you acquired everything separately on Amazon: the charger is on sale at Amazon right now for $24.99 and the phone costs $809.99. 

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus ships with an 18:9, 6.2-inch, Super AMOLED display with QHD+ resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip and 4 GB of RAM; eight months after release, it’s still one of the most powerful handsets available.

Check out our Galaxy S8 Plus review for more on the handset, and if you’re interested in the deal, hit the button below. 

Go ahead and charge your iPhone X on a wireless Pikachu charger

We’ve waited years for the iPhone to support wireless charging. We wanted that convenience, we said. We wanted to be just like our Android brethren, we said. And now, I’m happy to share that we can all unite over a wireless Pikachu charger. A company called TeknFun just announced the Pikachu, which it says should be compatible with Samsung devices and the iPhone 8 and X.

It’s available through GameStop for $49.99, although it appears to be unavailable at the moment, even though it’s advertised as an online only product. It features three USB ports and Pikachu’s cheeks should light up when charging.


7babb_PK_811364_SITUATION_CHARGER_INCUTION Go ahead and charge your iPhone X on a wireless Pikachu charger

I love it. Now I need to buy a iPhone X or 8 so I can use it.

Use an iPhone? Check your charger NOW: Study finds 98% of fake Apple power leads risk causing fatal ‘electric …

  • Researchers looked at 50 fake iPhone chargers bought in the UK
  • Their analysis showed that almost half failed an electric strength test
  • And 68% of the chargers tested carried a severe risk of electric shock
  • Overall, the study found that only one out of the 50 was deemed safe to use 

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If you use an iPhone, you may want to check whether the charger you have is a knock-off.  

A shocking new report has revealed that 98 per cent of fake iPhone chargers put consumers at risk of lethal electric shocks or house fires.

Researchers hope their findings will help raise awareness of the issue and the threat that counterfeits pose to consumers.

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If you use a fake or lookalike iPhone charger, you may want to consider upgrading to the real-deal. A shocking new report has revealed that 98 per cent of fake iPhone chargers put consumers at risk of lethal electric shocks or fire (stock image)

HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR IPHONE CHARGER IS ‘FAKE’ 

The researchers tested a range of fake iPhone chargers, including 50 purchased in the UK.  

They all had incorrect or fraudulent safety markings. Some attempted to copy markings from real iPhone chargers, but included some errors such as spelling mistakes. 

Apple says users to only buy official chargers as these are put through extensive tests.

Advice on Apple’s official chargers can be found here.

 

In the study, researchers conducted a series of safety tests on counterfeit and lookalike iPhone chargers, including 50 purchased in the UK.

The findings, published in a report by Electrical Safety First, reveal that almost all (98 per cent) of these chargers had the potential to deliver lethal electric shocks and cause a fire.

Martyn Allen, Technical Director at Electrical Safety First, said: It is extremely concerning that 49 out of 50 UK chargers we tested failed basic safety checks.

‘This report shows that anyone purchasing an iPhone charger from an online marketplace or at an independent discount store is taking a serious risk with their safety.’

The chargers were sourced from a variety of online marketplaces and discount stores and stalls across the UK.

Of those tested, all but one failed one or more of the tests and more than one in three chargers failed every part of the test.

The researchers subjected the chargers to a number of electrical and mechanical tests.

Their results showed that almost half failed an electric strength test; meaning that there is a severe risk of electric shock when using these chargers.

Internal examination showed almost half failed basic safety requirements, with sub-standard internal components or inadequate spacing.

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The findings reveal that almost all (98 per cent) of these chargers had the potential to deliver lethal electric shock and cause a fire

Sixty-eight per cent of the chargers tested carried a severe risk of electric shock due to lack of insulation and poor quality internal components.

And 15 chargers that passed the electrical tests failed the plug pin strength test, demonstrating a danger of breaking off inside a mains socket.

WHICH CHARGING METHODS ARE WORTH A TRY?

DIY charger using a 9V battery: this method doesn’t work and is dangerous.

Fruit battery: this method is also unlikely to work and can damage your phone. 

Backup battery packs: these are the easiest and safest option. They will definitely charge your phone and are inexpensive and available everywhere.

Solar panel and charger: this is an affordable option that ads more versatility than the traditional backup battery packs because it doesn’t require electricity to charge in the first place.

Hand crank: The Eton BoostTurbine2000 handcrank would be a difficult way to give your phone a full charge, but it can get you some power in an emergency.

Wind turbine: the inventors claim that when fully-charged, the turbine can charge your phone four to six times. But this is a pricey option at $399.

Mr Allen said: ‘The vast majority of chargers we tested had the potential to deliver a lethal electrical shock or cause a fire.

‘We’re urging people to take care when buying a charger and recommend buying directly from trusted retailers only.

‘When you buy a fake, at best you could damage your phone but at worst you could be putting your life, your family and your home at risk.’

The latest study follows news last month that a teenage girl died in Vietnam after being electrocuted in her sleep by her faulty iPhone charging cable.

Le Thi Xoan, aged 14, reportedly rolled over onto the torn cable and had as a result been exposed to the live wire, police in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi said.

She was found unconscious by her parents and rushed to a local hospital; however, doctors were unable to revive her and pronounced her dead.

Police found the burnt white cable on her bed and believe a slight tear in the rubber casing may have revealed the live wires inside.

According to investigators, the police believe the girl had plugged her Apple device into charge and laid the iPhone 6 on her bed like she did every night.

The charging cable is being inspected but the authorities said they are yet to determine whether it was the original Apple wire or a third-party device.

In a picture showing the burnt cable, it appears to be shorter than Apple’s original 20-inch charging cable.

See-through tape had also been wrapped around the front of the cable, suggesting that the victim may have been aware of the wear and tear but decided to continue using it regardless. 

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In a picture showing the burnt cable, it appears to be shorter than Apple’s original 20-inch charging cable. See-through tape had also been wrapped around the front of the cable

 

 


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The Best Stocking Stuffer Is This Supercheap, Superlong Phone Charger

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Two Decembers ago, I unwrapped a gift from my office Secret Santa to find a paint-your-own-cat mug and a nine-foot iPhone charging cable. The mug, uh, wasn’t long for this world — I hate cats, so it was mostly a joke anyway — but the cable turned out to be one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.

As much as I’d like to be one of those holier-than-thou types who sleeps with her phone silenced in a different room … I’m not. If I’m being fully honest, most nights I sleep with my phone on my pillow, or even in my hand, with the volume turned all the way up. You know, just in case my parents, or Hillary Clinton, or a teen with a hot meme tip needs to get ahold of me at 2 a.m. Before I was given an extra-long cable, this meant I’d charge my phone all day at the office and hope the battery would hold out long enough to ensure that my alarm would go off in the morning. Or if I hadn’t charged my phone enough, it meant plugging my phone into the wall with my Apple-issued cable and then contorting my body — or worse, getting out of bed — every time I wanted to check it throughout the night. Now, I just plug my phone in, stretch the cable, with its ample slack, to my pillow, and pass out. At least until my phone goes off.

The long charger does more than just enable my, admittedly, bad sleep habits. It’s great for those times when you want to use your phone while it’s plugged in — when your battery is running low or you’re binge-watching something — and you don’t feel like seating yourself two feet from an outlet. (Our friends over at the Strategist have sung the praises of the superlong charger in the past.) Apple’s standard charging cables ought to be this long, but since they aren’t, you can take this as an opportunity to buy a genuinely useful, and fairly cheap, gift for every iPhone owner you know. If you want to get crafty, you could even use it to tie as a bow around another gift. But honestly, the charger is probably enough.

iPhone 8 Wireless Charger: Save £30 on this Samsung fast charging Qi pad for your iPhone X

If you’ve recently picked up an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X then this deal is the best way to get the most out of your new toy.

For the first time ever Apple introduced wireless charging to the trio of new iPhones, this means with a basic pad you can juice up your new phone without even plugging it up.

BUY NOW: Samsung Qi wireless charger for £19.99, was £49.99

One of our favourites is this pad from Samsung (yes, you can charge your Apple iPhone with a Samsung pad) and in the Amazon Black Friday sales it’s been heavily reduced. You can get it for £19.99, an impressive £30 saving over the RRP 9f £49.99.

In a move that’s unusual for Apple, it went with the Qi-charging standard as opposed to creating one of its own. This is great, because you can use any number of Qi chargers that are readily available and you don’t need to buy a special version from Apple.

Apples does sell a few versions in its stores, but this Samsung one has a few tricks. Notably, the position of the pad can either be vertical or flat, great if you’re using this at your desk and want to quickly unlock your phone without picking it up. It also supports fast wireless charging, something that hasn’t been added to the iPhones quite yet – Apple says this is coming in a software update and it’ll likely be in iOS 11.2.

BUY NOW: Samsung Qi wireless charger for £19.99, was £49.99

The deal is for the white model, with all other colours seemingly still at full price.

Seen any Black Friday deals we’ve missed? Tweet us @TrustedReviews

 

iPhone 8 Wireless Charger: Save £30 on this Samsung fast charging Qi pad for your iPhone X

If you’ve recently picked up an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X then this deal is the best way to get the most out of your new toy.

For the first time ever Apple introduced wireless charging to the trio of new iPhones, this means with a basic pad you can juice up your new phone without even plugging it up.

BUY NOW: Samsung Qi wireless charger for £19.99, was £49.99

One of our favourites is this pad from Samsung (yes, you can charge your Apple iPhone with a Samsung pad) and in the Amazon Black Friday sales it’s been heavily reduced. You can get it for £19.99, an impressive £30 saving over the RRP 9f £49.99.

In a move that’s unusual for Apple, it went with the Qi-charging standard as opposed to creating one of its own. This is great, because you can use any number of Qi chargers that are readily available and you don’t need to buy a special version from Apple.

Apples does sell a few versions in its stores, but this Samsung one has a few tricks. Notably, the position of the pad can either be vertical or flat, great if you’re using this at your desk and want to quickly unlock your phone without picking it up. It also supports fast wireless charging, something that hasn’t been added to the iPhones quite yet – Apple says this is coming in a software update and it’ll likely be in iOS 11.2.

BUY NOW: Samsung Qi wireless charger for £19.99, was £49.99

The deal is for the white model, with all other colours seemingly still at full price.

Seen any Black Friday deals we’ve missed? Tweet us @TrustedReviews

 

Need a gift for an Apple fanatic? This glowing charger is pretty sweet.

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.

Maybe you’re using your device as an alarm clock. Maybe it’s helping you track your sleep cycle. Hey, maybe you’re expecting a midnight booty call. Whatever your reason to keep your iPhone next to you as you slumber, you’re going to want to keep a Glowing iOS Lightning Charger at the ready, too.

This cable not only glows when you attach it to your Apple smartphone or tablet — making it easier to find your device in the dark — but it also reveals your device’s charging speed with its dynamic, flowing glow. The higher the charging current, the faster the light travels through the cord. Translation: It’s not a regular charger; it’s a cool charger.

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Image: Little Create

The Glowing iOS Lightning Charging Cable is usually available in the Mashable Shop for $11.99 — 40% off the original retail price of $20 — but you can get an additional 20% off that already stellar price using the coupon code BFRIDAY20

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Black Friday: Woman buys iPhone bargain and is sold 11 potatoes (plus charger)

A CAUTIONARY TALE this Black Friday morn.

A – shall we say, “naive” – woman has uploaded a video of herself complaining after she bought a black market iPhone only to discover she’d been made to look a complete spud.

The Milwaukee resident (we’ll call her Desiree*) told LiveLeak that she had gone to visit a “Black Friday Sale” in the back of a black van decorated with balloons. (yes, really).

“They have everything you could name: clothes, shoes, watches, purse, bundles of hair, DVDs, CDs — everything — phones, laptops.” she said

Psychometric Testing? Brains?

‘Desiree’ asked about an iPhone 6 and was shown a phone. The scammer even made a call on it and explained it was already activated with the first bill due in mid-December.

She bought it for $100. Obviously – a deal like that only comes along once in a while saute-kit, right?

Wrong.

“The box is heavy, and I get home, AND THIS N***** SOLD ME A BOX OF POTATOES!” she beltched angrily.

“A box of potatoes for $100 this n***** gave me one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven cut up potatoes. I am not kidding.”

Best bit though? He included the charger. Well. OK. He didn’t include the charger. He included a charger. For an Android phone.

“What the heck am I supposed to do with this!? I am so hurt right now imma have to go to jail, imma go outside and imma find these old n******. What am I supposed to do with — oh you almost made me cuss.”

There wasn’t even a protective jacket. 

Clearly, Desiree doesn’t understand that ‘n***** is, in itself a ‘cuss’. But when she gets her hands on him he’ll have had his chips. Ah well, maybe she didn’t have her wits about her because she was baked at the time. 

That’s where the story ends, but it’s a good reminder to us all, who are relatively new to this Black Friday lark, that even people who should know better, don’t and the golden rule is… if it seems to good to be true, it probably, almost definitely, certainly is.

That’s quite enough potato waffle. For some real Black Friday bargains, you can check out our guide here. µ

*it’s a variety of potato, mash-for-brains

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The cord on this iPhone charger pulses and glows

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Maybe you’re using your device as an alarm clock. Maybe it’s helping you track your sleep cycle. Hey, maybe you’re expecting a midnight booty call. Whatever your reason to keep your iPhone next to you as you slumber, you’re going to want to keep a Glowing iOS Lightning Charger at the ready, too.

This cable not only glows when you attach it to your Apple smartphone or tablet — making it easier to find your device in the dark — but it also reveals your device’s charging speed with its dynamic, flowing glow. The higher the charging current, the faster the light travels through the cord. Translation: It’s not a regular charger; it’s a cool charger.

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The Glowing iOS Lightning Charging Cable is usually available in the Mashable Shop for $11.99 — 40% off the original retail price of $20 — but you can get an additional 20% off that already stellar price using the coupon code BFRIDAY20

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$100 iPotato XI using an Android charger bought from dodgy van

There is a van driving around Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, with balloons and a “Black Friday sale” sign taped to its side. As legitimate and normal as this may seem, if you are tempted to buy an iPhone from this van, please check your purchase before you leave the van. Some customers are unhappy with the box of potatoes that they have received instead.

This is what happened to a local woman, who went to the van to get a start on her Christmas shopping. The van was filled with all sorts of electronics like laptops and phones, but amazingly also had things like clothes and bundles of hair. She was interested in an iPhone 6 which she inspected, tested, and handled in the van. The man running the “Black Friday sale” van told her he could give it to her for a special price of $100.

As she had checked the phone and was happy that it was working, having also received a very official looking folded sheet of paper with all of the phone’s details, and knowing its billing date was only next month, the woman made her purchase and left the van. She was given a box that she thought held her new iPhone 6 and returned home to configure her new purchase.

When she opened the box at home she was surprised to find that there was no iPhone 6 inside, but instead 11 badly chopped chunks of potato. The woman had clearly been scammed and is outraged. In the thief’s defense he did include a charger, neatly folded in the correct compartment. However, the potatoes appear to use an Android charger.

It is not uncommon to hear about scams involving iPhones, but these are often based online and aim to steal a customer’s banking or personal details. This is the first scam that we have come across that involves potatoes.

For anyone thinking of purchasing from the “Black Friday sale” van, it is highly recommended that you not be dazzled by its balloons and fantastically cheap bundles of hair. Focus. Inspect your purchase and the contents of its box before you leave. Even if you are looking for the 11 potatoes for $100 deal, there is no guarantee that you will be as fortunate.

Source and Images: Daily Mail

We Tested iPhone Fast-Charging And You Should Definitely Upgrade Your Charger

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Your iPhone can charge a lot faster than you thought. When Apple announced the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the company glossed over the fact that all three of its new handsets were capable of fast charging – similar to what Android phones have been doing for years. Even now, if you go the spec page for Apple’s latest phones, all you get is a single line saying fast charging can add up to a 50 per cent charge in 30 minutes, but without getting a magnifying glass out and reading item nine of the fine print, you would have no idea how you’re actually supposed to accomplish that.

The info you really need is buried deep within Apple’s support pages. There, you’ll finally discover that, at minimum, you will need a new Lightning cable – because the one bundled with new iPhones can’t carry enough juice – and a new power adaptor: One of Apple’s 29-watt, 61-watt or 87-watt USB-C power bricks. But that still doesn’t really tell the whole story does it? So in order to figure out how fast Apple’s fast charging really is, I went on a shopping spree and tested almost every charger Apple makes (plus a 30-watt charger from Anker thrown in).

How We Tested

The setup for the test is pretty simple. I killed each phone, fully draining its battery, and then plugged them in, recharging them using one of the Apple’s many power adapters. I then recorded the battery percentage at 30 minutes, and then again at 60 minutes. For chargers that called for a standard USB Type-A to Lighting cable such as Apple’s 5-watt and 12-watt chargers, I used the one that came in the iPhone X box. On tests that called for a USB Type-C to Lighting cable such as the 29-watt and 61-watt power bricks, I bought a brand new official 2m cable from a nearby Apple store.

The Results

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As expected, using a USB-C to Lighting cable and an appropriate power adaptor fully lived up to Apple’s promise of delivering a 50 per cent charge in 30 minutes. And if you give the iPhones a full hour to recharge (see the chart below), you can hit between 80 and 85 per cent – more than enough for a full day’s use.

But what I didn’t foresee is how much better fast charging is compared to the standard power adaptor and cable Apple includes with every iPhone. Across the board, upgrading to a USB-C to Lighting cable and a burlier adaptor recharged two times faster than using the standard cable and 5-watt adaptor. We also found virtually no difference between the $69 29-watt USB-C power brick and the $99 61-watt charging adaptor, which means you don’t need to buy a more expensive charger to get the best speeds. That said, the 61-watt adaptor is the same brick that comes with new MacBook Pros, which could put folks one step closer to their fast charging dreams.

Note: Because we only had time to perform a limited number of tests (it takes quite a while to discharge batteries), there is a little variance to the data. However, you can still see a very clear pattern to the numbers.

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Additionally, the 29-watt adaptor charged significantly faster than the 12-watt adaptor in almost every case. The one exception to that was with the iPhone 8, which still achieved optimal recharging speeds (most likely due to its smaller battery capacity) when using the less expensive $29 12-watt charger (which happens to be the same charger that comes with new iPads).

But aside from that one case, if you’re looking to get the best charging speeds using official Apple accessories, you’re going to need two things: A USB-C to Lighting cable, and the 29-watt USB-C power adaptor.

But here’s the bad news: This combo doesn’t come cheap. Unlike most Android phones that come with fast-chargers bundled in the box, it’s going to cost you $104 to fast-charge your new iPhone, assuming you don’t already have one of Apple’s USB-C chargers lying around from a different device.

We chose not to test Apple’s 87-watt USB-C charging brick, because after seeing results from the 29 and 61-watt adapters, we didn’t see the point in spending $109 on something that would charge an iPhone any faster. And with a current 2 out of 5 star rating on Apple’s site, neither should you.

How to Get Fast-Charging For Less

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Anker’s $US30 ($40) PowerPort Speed PD 30 charger costs almost half the price of Apple’s 29-watt brick, but you may have to do a bit of hunting if you want to find it in Australia.

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Finding a cheaper USB-C to Lighting cable is a bit more challenging because trusted names such as Anker, Monoprice and Belkin haven’t released an affordable version of Apple’s official cable. There are some such as this one from Metrans that cost just $US9.99 ($13), though user reviews are mixed, with some owners saying that the cable can’t carry enough power to achieve fast-charging speeds. So while the idea of saving a few bucks on a cable is pretty enticing, this is definitely a situation where you might get what you pay for.

Well, now you know. It just sucks that most people are looking at spending a significant amount to fast charge their iPhone. But like with a lot of Apple products, things don’t come cheap.

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Is this wireless charger for the iPhone X really worth $50? Why yes, yes it is

There are dozens of wireless charging pads on Amazon that cost under $20, like this one from Choetech. With all the cheap options out there, can a $50 wireless charger really be worth the extra cash. In short, the answer is yes, definitely. The RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger is absolutely nothing like those inexpensive plastic chargers. It’s made of high-quality aluminum and it has a rubbery no-slip ring on the top to keep your iPhone X, iPhone 8, or Android phone in place. It also supports fast wireless charging at 7.5W, which Apple is enabling in the iOS 11.2 update on all 2017 iPhone models. Trust us, you’re going to love this charging pad.

Here’s what you need to know from Amazon’s product page:

* The fast wireless charging for newest iPhone will become available in a later iOS 11 update. Current iOS cannot support 7.5W fast charge. As of right now, standard charging is all it supports. Supports future iPhone 8 / 8 Plus / X up to 7.5W Charging: 50% faster than traditional 3.5W – 5W wireless chargers with a maximum 7.5W output.
* Compatible with All Qi-Enabled Phones: Includes the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus, iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, S7, S7 Edge, Note 5, and S6 Edge Plus; non-Qi enabled phones are still compatible but will require a Qi wireless charging cover to power up
* Wireless Charging, Unlimited Freedom: Place on the pad for instant wireless charging; no cables or wires needed to be connected to your phone
* Fast Free 24W QC 3.0 Adapter: Includes a powerful Quick Charge 3. 0 adapter that boosts the max output to 10W so selected Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus, or Microsoft Lumia phones can charge even faster
* Portable, Practical, Stylish, and Safe: Lightweight, take anywhere size with silicone anti-skid design to prevent sliding; smart battery indicator; built-in over-current, over-voltage, and over-temperature protection systems

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Mercedes’ wireless charger doesn’t play nice with the iPhone X

I’m driving a new 2017 Mercedes E300 today, and it comes with a built-in wireless charger, which is a nice feature for a $60,000 car. Now, let’s overlook the poor placement of the charger — buried behind the cupholders, for some reason — and get to the main issue.

If you have an iPhone 8 or iPhone X, which come with wireless charging, you can charge your phone on the pad, unlike previous iPhones. But there is a major flaw that keeps driving me crazy, and it’s Apple Pay. Since the charging pad also has NFC, the iPhone thinks you’re trying to pay for something and automatically activates Apple Pay every time you put the phone down to charge.

Seems like a small issue, right? Well if you’re playing music in your car from your phone, as one might do, activating Apple Pay will automatically pause the music, because I guess Apple thinks you should be polite to the cashier (you should).

Back to the main point: in a 2017 Mercedes E-Class that starts at $52,000, you cannot put your phone down on a wireless charger without activating Apple Pay and pausing your music.

So, how will it fix this? Apple sure as hell isn’t going to change the way Apple Pay functions, and Mercedes seemingly doesn’t have a way to deactivate NFC. Your options are either to reach behind the cupholder to where the phone sits and deactivate Apple Pay and hit play on your music every time you put your phone on the charger without crashing, or use an old-fashioned wired charger to keep your iPhone topped off.

Neither of these options is fun.

We Tested iPhone Fast-Charging and You Should Definitely Upgrade Your Charger

8ac50_pjep7thvbox9p6ezlupa We Tested iPhone Fast-Charging and You Should Definitely Upgrade Your Charger

Your iPhone can charge a lot faster than you thought. When Apple announced the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the company glossed over the fact that all three of its new handsets were capable of fast charging—similar to what Android phones have been doing for years. Even now, if you go the spec page for Apple’s latest phones, all you get is a single line saying fast charging can add up to a 50 percent charge in 30 minutes, but without getting a magnifying glass out and reading item 9 of the fine print, you would have no idea how you’re actually supposed to accomplish that.

The info you really need is buried deep within Apple’s support pages. There, you’ll finally discover that, at minimum, you will need a new Lightning cable—because the one bundled with new iPhones can’t carry enough juice—and a new power adapter: one of Apple’s 29-watt, 61-watt, or 87-watt USB-C power bricks. But that still doesn’t really tell the whole story does it? So in order to figure out how fast Apple’s fast charging really is, I went on a shopping spree and tested almost every charger Apple makes (plus a 30-watt charger from Anker thrown in).

How We Tested

The setup for the test is pretty simple. I killed each phone, fully draining its battery, and then plugged them in, recharging them using one of the Apple’s many power adapters. I then recorded the battery percentage at 30 minutes, and then again at 60 minutes. For chargers that called for a standard USB Type-A to Lighting cable like Apple’s 5-watt and 12-watt chargers, I used the one that came in the iPhone X box. On tests that called for a USB Type-C to Lighting cable like the 29-watt and 61-watt power bricks, I bought a brand new official two meter cable from a nearby Apple store.

The Results

As expected, using a USB-C to Lighting cable and an appropriate power adapter fully lived up to Apple’s promise of delivering a 50 percent charge in 30 minutes. And if you give the iPhones a full hour to recharge (see the chart below), you can hit between 80 and 85 percent—more than enough for a full day’s use.

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But what I didn’t foresee is how much better fast charging is compared to the standard power adapter and cable Apple includes with every iPhone. Across the board, upgrading to a USB-C to Lighting cable and a burlier adapter recharged two times faster than using the standard cable and 5-watt adapter. We also found virtually no difference between the $49 29-watt USB-C power brick and the $69 61-watt charging adapter, which means you don’t need to buy a more expensive charger to get the best speeds. That said, the 61-watt adapter is the same brick that comes with new MacBook Pros, which could put folks one step closer to their fast charging dreams.

Note: Because we only had time to perform a limited number of tests (it takes quite a while to discharge batteries), there is a little variance to the data. However, you can still see a very clear pattern to the numbers.

Additionally, the 29-watt adapter charged significantly faster than the 12-watt adapter in almost every case. The one exception to that was with the iPhone 8, which still achieved optimal recharging speeds (most likely due to its smaller battery capacity) when using the less expensive $19 12-watt charger (which happens to be the same charger that comes with new iPads).

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But aside from that one case, if you’re looking to get the best charging speeds using official Apple accessories, you’re going to need two things: A USB-C to Lighting cable, and the 29-watt USB-C power adapter.

But here’s the bad news, this combo doesn’t come cheap. Unlike most Android phones that come with fast-chargers bundled in the box, it’s going to cost you $74 to fast-charge your new iPhone, assuming you don’t already have one of Apple’s USB-C chargers lying around from a different device.

We chose not to test Apple’s 87-watt USB-C charging brick, because after seeing results from the 29 and 61-watt adapters, we didn’t see the point in spending $79 on something that would charge an iPhone any faster. And with a current 2 out of 5 star rating on Apple’s site, neither should you.

How to Get Fast-Charging For Less

Thankfully, Anker’s $30 PowerPort Speed PD 30 charger costs almost half the price of Apple’s 29-watt brick, but it seems you better act quick if you’re hoping to save some dough, because Amazon is continually running out of stock.

Finding a cheaper USB-C to Lighting cable is a bit more challenging because trusted names like Anker, Monoprice, and Belkin haven’t released an affordable version of Apple’s official cable. There are some like this one from Metrans that cost just $9.99, though user reviews are mixed, with some owners saying that the cable can’t carry enough power to achieve fast-charging speeds. So while the idea of saving $15 on a cable is pretty enticing, this is definitely a situation where you might get what you pay for.

Well, now you know. It just sucks that most people are looking at spending around $50 to fast charge their iPhone. But like with a lot of Apple products, things don’t come cheap.

iPhone and Android wireless charger pads: Which one is the best …

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Which Qi charging pad to use? (Image: Jason Perlow)

If you’re a new iPhone 8 or iPhone X owner, you probably know one of the advertised features of each device is their ability to wirelessly charge.

There are many charging pads on the market, but picking one that is optimized for your phone is not easy. We’ve narrowed it down to three to simplify this process for you.

If you’re going to take advantage of wireless charging on the new iPhone devices, the three we can recommend at this time are the Mophie wireless charging base ($59.95), the Bezalel Futura X ($49.95), and the Belkin BOOST↑UP Wireless Charging Pad ($59.95).

(Ed: We haven’t been able to confirm that the version of the Futura X currently on the market supports Apple’s native 7.5W standard because the company is touting it as supporting higher speeds for Samsung devices and two versions of the device were introduced prior to the iPhone 8/X launch event. Stay tuned.)

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Boost-Up for iPhone by Belkin.

Why choose one over the other? How are they different? Let’s first talk about why you don’t want just any Qi pad on the market.

The new 7.5W Apple Qi Charging Standard

When Apple released the new phones, the company deviated from the Wireless Power Consortium Qi 1.2.X standard, which has the ability to charge at the original 5W, a higher-level 9W, or the newest 15W used by Samsung on the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8.

Apple chose 7.5W for its Qi implementation (which is supported in the current iOS 11.2 beta — not with the shipping iOS with the new iPhones) rather than go with 9W or 15W. There is no apparent reason why it chose to do this, and it hasn’t said anything about it, but my guess is it may have something to do with heat.

That means that while many inexpensive Qi chargers you can buy on the internet advertise “Fast Charge,” if you use them with your new iPhone, the best they are going to do is the lowest common denominator, which is 5W.

But 5W charging isn’t horrible — it will work fine for overnight use. It’s as good as you are going to get with the supplied OEM Apple lightning cable and the included charger, but it’s a far cry from 7.5W or even the native fast charge speeds using the Apple OEM USB-C to Lightning cable and a USB-C fast charger.

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Bezalel Futura X, shown in Black.

While we did not put it on our iPhone shortlist, if you want a Qi charger that has excellent build quality and will work with all of your Qi devices, the Samsung version of the Belkin BOOST-UP (available in black) would be our choice.

Although the iPhone X and iPhone 8 can only charge with it at 5W, if you live in a household or work in an office environment with Android phones, especially Samsung ones, this is your best all-around Qi pad.

We are unaware of any product currently on the market that supports both Samsung’s 9W/15W Qi and Apple’s 7.5W Qi. If you know about one, please use the author feedback form on my bio page or in the comments section and tell us.

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The Mophie Wireless Charging Base for iPhone.

Which of the three pads is right for my iPhone 8 or iPhone X?

All three pads are quality, well-engineered designs, and you really cannot go wrong with any of them as an iPhone user. However, some considerations:

  • The Mophie and the Belkin come with their own charging block. The Mophie is permanently wired to its charger, and the Belkin uses a special keyed barrel connector. So, if you want a more portable solution to bring with you, I would suggest the Bezalel Futura X instead, because it has a standard USB Micro-B connector and thus would work well with a standard portable charging battery with fast charge output (2.4A) or a USB-A multi-charger like the Anker. Unlike the other two, the Futura X does not come with its own charging brick.
  • The Bezalel Futura X is available in either black or white if the aesthetic matters. The Futura X is also significantly thinner/flatter than either the Mophie or the Belkin.
  • The Belkin is the widest of the three and seems to require the least “futzing” with charging coil alignment. All of them lock on pretty fast, however, and we tested all three with OtterBox Defender and Pursuit cases for iPhone X, which are on the thicker end of the case spectrum.
  • The Belkin also has the best illuminated charging indicator, a green LED. The Mophie has a dim white light on the bottom edge (which is virtually impossible to see), and the Futura X has a white light inside the casing, but it turns off a few seconds after placing the phone on it. I found that for bedroom nighttime use, the Mophie and the Futura were the least distracting.

Can I retrofit my old iPhone/Android?

You can buy any number of charging sleeves or receivers to retrofit an older iPhone or an Android that does not have built-in wireless charging, such as the new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. I’ve seen them as cheap as $5 and all the way up to $15, such as the Cloele, which I’ve had some good success with using my wife’s iPhone 7+ and an OtterBox Defender case and inserting it between the rubber backing and the plastic.

However, be aware the best you are going to be able to do is around 800mAh to 1,000mAh, and because your phone has not been designed for this, you may experience heat issues — particularly because the distance between the coils and the charger base will not be the same as a phone that has this built-in, so alignment will not be ideal.

Every case has different thickness and heat exchange characteristics, and not all receiver coils behave the same, so your mileage is going to vary. You might want to look into cases with integrated receivers, such as the Bezalel.

How have your Qi charging adventures gone with your new iPhone or your Samsung device? Talk Back and Let Me Know.

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Apple iPhone X review: This is as good as it gets

Face ID, an impressive display, new interaction methods, and solid performance put the iPhone X on top.

10 best smartphones: iPhone X bumps Galaxy Note 8 from top spot

Now that all of the flagship phones have been announced for 2017, a new model has moved into the top spot.

iPhone and Android wireless charger pads: Which one is the best?

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Which Qi charging pad to use? (Image: Jason Perlow)

If you’re a new iPhone 8 or iPhone X owner, you probably know one of the advertised features of each device is their ability to wirelessly charge.

There are many charging pads on the market, but picking one that is optimized for your phone is not easy. We’ve narrowed it down to three to simplify this process for you.

If you’re going to take advantage of wireless charging on the new iPhone devices, the three we can recommend at this time are the Mophie wireless charging base ($59.95), the Bezalel Futura X ($49.95), and the Belkin BOOST↑UP Wireless Charging Pad ($59.95).

(Ed: We haven’t been able to confirm that the version of the Futura X currently on the market supports Apple’s native 7.5W standard because the company is touting it as supporting higher speeds for Samsung devices and two versions of the device were introduced prior to the iPhone 8/X launch event. Stay tuned.)

d619d_mvimg20171117153809 iPhone and Android wireless charger pads: Which one is the best?

Boost-Up for iPhone by Belkin.

Why choose one over the other? How are they different? Let’s first talk about why you don’t want just any Qi pad on the market.

The new 7.5W Apple Qi Charging Standard

When Apple released the new phones, the company deviated from the Wireless Power Consortium Qi 1.2.X standard, which has the ability to charge at the original 5W, a higher-level 9W, or the newest 15W used by Samsung on the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8.

Apple chose 7.5W for its Qi implementation (which is supported in the current iOS 11.2 beta — not with the shipping iOS with the new iPhones) rather than go with 9W or 15W. There is no apparent reason why it chose to do this, and it hasn’t said anything about it, but my guess is it may have something to do with heat.

That means that while many inexpensive Qi chargers you can buy on the internet advertise “Fast Charge,” if you use them with your new iPhone, the best they are going to do is the lowest common denominator, which is 5W.

But 5W charging isn’t horrible — it will work fine for overnight use. It’s as good as you are going to get with the supplied OEM Apple lightning cable and the included charger, but it’s a far cry from 7.5W or even the native fast charge speeds using the Apple OEM USB-C to Lightning cable and a USB-C fast charger.

d619d_mvimg20171117153809 iPhone and Android wireless charger pads: Which one is the best?

Bezalel Futura X, shown in Black.

While we did not put it on our iPhone shortlist, if you want a Qi charger that has excellent build quality and will work with all of your Qi devices, the Samsung version of the Belkin BOOST-UP (available in black) would be our choice.

Although the iPhone X and iPhone 8 can only charge with it at 5W, if you live in a household or work in an office environment with Android phones, especially Samsung ones, this is your best all-around Qi pad.

We are unaware of any product currently on the market that supports both Samsung’s 9W/15W Qi and Apple’s 7.5W Qi. If you know about one, please use the author feedback form on my bio page or in the comments section and tell us.

d619d_mvimg20171117153809 iPhone and Android wireless charger pads: Which one is the best?

The Mophie Wireless Charging Base for iPhone.

Which of the three pads is right for my iPhone 8 or iPhone X?

All three pads are quality, well-engineered designs, and you really cannot go wrong with any of them as an iPhone user. However, some considerations:

  • The Mophie and the Belkin come with their own charging block. The Mophie is permanently wired to its charger, and the Belkin uses a special keyed barrel connector. So, if you want a more portable solution to bring with you, I would suggest the Bezalel Futura X instead, because it has a standard USB Micro-B connector and thus would work well with a standard portable charging battery with fast charge output (2.4A) or a USB-A multi-charger like the Anker. Unlike the other two, the Futura X does not come with its own charging brick.
  • The Bezalel Futura X is available in either black or white if the aesthetic matters. The Futura X is also significantly thinner/flatter than either the Mophie or the Belkin.
  • The Belkin is the widest of the three and seems to require the least “futzing” with charging coil alignment. All of them lock on pretty fast, however, and we tested all three with OtterBox Defender and Pursuit cases for iPhone X, which are on the thicker end of the case spectrum.
  • The Belkin also has the best illuminated charging indicator, a green LED. The Mophie doesn’t have a light, and the Futura X has a white light inside the casing, but it turns off a few seconds after placing the phone on it. I found that for bedroom nighttime use, the Mophie and the Futura were the least distracting.

Can I retrofit my old iPhone/Android?

You can buy any number of charging sleeves or receivers to retrofit an older iPhone or an Android that does not have built-in wireless charging, such as the new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. I’ve seen them as cheap as $5 and all the way up to $15, such as the Cloele, which I’ve had some good success with using my wife’s iPhone 7+ and an OtterBox Defender case and inserting it between the rubber backing and the plastic.

However, be aware the best you are going to be able to do is around 800mAh to 1,000mAh, and because your phone has not been designed for this, you may experience heat issues — particularly because the distance between the coils and the charger base will not be the same as a phone that has this built-in, so alignment will not be ideal.

Every case has different thickness and heat exchange characteristics, and not all receiver coils behave the same, so your mileage is going to vary. You might want to look into cases with integrated receivers, such as the Bezalel.

How have your Qi charging adventures gone with your new iPhone or your Samsung device? Talk Back and Let Me Know.

Previous and related coverage

Apple iPhone X review: This is as good as it gets

Face ID, an impressive display, new interaction methods, and solid performance put the iPhone X on top.

10 best smartphones: iPhone X bumps Galaxy Note 8 from top spot

Now that all of the flagship phones have been announced for 2017, a new model has moved into the top spot.




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